History and Archaeology
Macquarie’s research spans from the Big Bang and prehistory, through ancient and premodern civilisations to the medieval, early modern, modern and postmodern world. Macquarie has an international reputation in the application of transdisciplinary approaches to the past. The scope of research in History and Archaeology at Macquarie is unique in Australia.
Spatially, our interests cover the globe with a special focus on Europe, Eurasia, Australia, the South Pacific and North America. Our methodological practices are diverse, using a wide range of archival and archaeological materials, with varying analytical approaches.
Macquarie University’s work continues to be recognised through a range of national and international achievements, including: seven Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; the ARC Discovery Outstanding Research Award; Fulbright Scholar, Malle Fellow (Harvard); two Watson Fellows (National Archives); British Academy Fellow; Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento Junior Scholar; Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellows; Leverhulme Fellow; Fellow, State Library of NSW; NSW Premier’s History Awards shortlists (2013 and 2016) and 2014 Multimedia and 2016 Community and Regional History winners.
Twenty historians and archaeologists worked with more than 40 institutions at home and abroad. These relationships included research collaborations, curations, public lectures, and paid and voluntary consulting. Research end users included the World Economic Forum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the State Hermitage (St Petersburg), the Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore), the Athens Numismatic Museum, the National Museum of Australia, the National Hellenic Museum (Chicago), the Yambol Historical Museum (Bulgaria), the Australian War Memorial, the National Library of Australia, the NSW Police, the National Geographic Society, the Benevolent Society, the European Science Foundation, Mission Australia and Ancestry.com.
Macquarie University has played a foundational role in developing and disseminating the transdisciplinary field of Big History since 1989, when Professor David Christian and other Macquarie University academics taught the first modern course in the field. With funding and support from Bill Gates’ company bgC3, Macquarie led the design of the Big History Project, a free online course for high school students aged 15–16 years. Macquarie’s Big History Institute then designed and developed Big History School, the first comprehensive K–12 resource for schools globally. Big History School has three courses: Junior (ages 8–12), Core (ages 12–16) and Senior (ages 16–17). The institute has trained and mentored Big History teachers in Australia and other countries, including India and Korea, and given many talks on Big History for educators, teachers and schools. Members of the institute led the production of a Big History massive open online course (MOOC) on the Coursera platform and participated in a 10-part History Channel series on Big History.
3. Approach to impact
Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage
and Environment (CACHE)
Director: Prof Bronwen Neil